Fellowship Opportunity: Scientific Exchange Program for Zambia on Climate Smart Agriculture

Fellowship Opportunity: Scientific Exchanges Program for Zambia on Climate Smart Agriculture

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)

Fellowship Opportunity

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is pleased to announce The Scientific Exchanges Program (SEP) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Fellowship for Zambia.

Application deadline is January 31, 2023

The Scientific Exchanges Program (SEP) advances USDA’s agricultural research goals to promote collaborative programs among agricultural professionals of eligible countries, the United States, the international agricultural research system, and United States entities conducting research in the agricultural sciences.

Climate Smart Agriculture is an integrated approach to managing landscapes cropland, livestock, forests, and fisheries that address the interlinked challenges of food security and accelerated climate change. Food systems refers to how climate change efforts can be addressed throughout the agricultural production system, including food loss and waste, sustainable materials management, and the development of local and regional markets.


  • Provide early to mid-career research scientists, faculty, agricultural economists, and policymakers with one-on-one training opportunities in the fields of climate smart agriculture (see acceptable research areas below).
  • Provide research scientists, faculty, agricultural economists and policymakers with practical experience and exposure to novel perspectives and/or new technologies of climate smart agriculture that can be applied in their home institutions.
  • Foster collaboration and networking to improve agricultural productivity and trade.
  • Facilitate the transfer of new economic, scientific, and agricultural technologies to strengthen agricultural practices and face the challenges of climate change.
  • Address obstacles to the adoption of technology such as ineffectual policies and regulations.

Project title:

 “An integrated approach for sustainable livestock systems in Zambia: Climate Smart Agriculture for Improving national food safety and food security outcomes”

Program Goal

The SEP Fellow will cover the concept of Climate  Smart Agriculture (CSA) and application to livestock production and approaches to have a sustainable food markets to improve food security using the US dairy production system as a model.

The SEP Fellow’s training focus will be to develop practical approaches using specific available US agriculture and animal health systems that would work well in Zambia to address livestock health and sustainable agriculture without reliance on sophisticated or expensive resources. The three main outcomes of CSA will be incorporated in the program, such as, increased productivity, enhanced resilience, and reduced emissions.

Research Topics

  • Animal Health
  • Livestock Production
  • Dairy Production

Length of Fellowships

Fellowships last between 11-12 weeks.  All program proposals must include goals that are achievable within that timeframe.  After completing the U.S.-based portion of the fellowship, the mentor will visit the Fellow’s home institution approximately one year after the U.S. portion of the training.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates will be evaluated, interviewed, and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Citizen of Zambia. 
  • Good reading, writing, and speaking skills in English language.
  • Master’s degree or higher with at least two years of practical experience (minimum).
  • Currently employed by a university, research institution, or other scientific institution in Zambia.
  • Intention to continue working in Zambia for a minimum of two years following the return from the United States.
  • Early/mid-stage of professional career (2-10 years of experience preferred; candidates with more than 15 years of experience are weakly competitive; candidates with 20 years or more experience will not be considered).
  • Proposal directly related to one of the listed research areas.

Application Requirements

  • PAPER Application form (Provided)
  • Program proposal and research action plan
  • Signed approval from applicant’s home institution
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional preferred)
  • Copies of diploma(s) for college/university degree(s) received
  • Copy of passport identification page

Contact Information

To request an application or for questions related to the application process, please contact:

Office of Agricultural Affairs Pretoria

United States Embassy


Additional information is available on the website: https://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/scientific-exchanges-program

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